Teenagers to inspire their peers with the excitement of live orchestral music across the West Midlands in schools, a youth centre, and at mac birmingham.

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The orchestra comprises 13 NYO Musicians and 60 NYO Inspire Musicians. NYO Inspire is the NYO’s game changing inclusion and access programme, giving opportunities to musicians from state education and backgrounds that are unrepresented in professional orchestras in the UK. 98% of the orchestra’s participants are from state schools, 20% are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. 77% are new to NYO Inspire this year and 65% of the orchestra are strategically chosen from Music Education Hubs and Arts Organisations, or areas NYO is targeting.

The four schools visited as part of the tour have been selected as having the desire to progress music within their school. Pupils at Heartlands Academy, Queensbridge School, Shire Oak Academy and Selly Park Girls School will present and host the orchestra. There will be a performance at The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton and the tour culminates in a free public performance at mac birmingham (the Midlands Arts Centre).

Now in its third year, NYO Inspire Orchestra continues NYO’s bold mission to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers everywhere. NYO Inspire is structured as a mini-progression route for committed young musicians, with successful participation in an NYO Inspire Day (a one-day workshop with NYO Musicians and Tutors) opening the possibility of an NYO Inspire Ensemble (a three-day residency with NYO Musicians and tutors), and at a further level, the Inspire Orchestra. See the NYO Inspire Orchestra in action here.

The experience begins with six days of rehearsals at the University of Wolverhampton, which focus on peer learning - where current NYO Musicians coach NYO Inspire Musicians – followed by a four-day concert tour of schools, conducted by Lee Reynolds, in the West Midlands, culminating in a public performance at mac birmingham on Friday 14 July. Find out more here.

NYO Inspire Orchestra, with representatives from every region in the UK, will bring the excitement of live orchestral music to hundreds of their fellow teenagers. They will play music by Leonard Bernstein, his symphonic suite On the Waterfront. The orchestra will also collaborate with a teenage actor from the National Youth Theatre, who will perform a new story written by Michael Wickerek inspired by On the Waterfront. Set in the docks of post-war New York, the classic 1954 film tells the story of a corrupt union, a murder, and the attempts of an ex-boxer, played by Marlon Brando, to stand up for what he believes to be right. NYO perform at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on Friday 4 August, 2017, in a programme including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, conducted by Thomas Adès, as part of their Summer Residency when they will also perform in the Snape Proms (3 August) and BBC Proms (5 August).


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